February 18, 2014
Rep. Rush Holt Might Be the Most Interesting Man in Washington

Out of the 435 people who serve in the House, all but a handful are pretty much anonymous outside their home districts. Unless a representative rises to leadership, sticks around for decades, says something patently ridiculous, or becomes embroiled in scandal, he or she might never register on the national stage.
New Jersey’s Rush Holt is the sort of representative who’s been a consistent, intelligent member of Congress for eight terms, but hasn’t ticked any of those boxes. (The Democrat is also generally rated one of the most liberal.) But here’s the thing: Rush Holt might be the most interesting man in Washington. And now he’s announced he won’t run for reelection in 2014.
Read more. [Image: Kate Bohler for Asia Society/Flickr]

Rep. Rush Holt Might Be the Most Interesting Man in Washington

Out of the 435 people who serve in the House, all but a handful are pretty much anonymous outside their home districts. Unless a representative rises to leadership, sticks around for decades, says something patently ridiculous, or becomes embroiled in scandal, he or she might never register on the national stage.

New Jersey’s Rush Holt is the sort of representative who’s been a consistent, intelligent member of Congress for eight terms, but hasn’t ticked any of those boxes. (The Democrat is also generally rated one of the most liberal.) But here’s the thing: Rush Holt might be the most interesting man in Washington. And now he’s announced he won’t run for reelection in 2014.

Read more. [Image: Kate Bohler for Asia Society/Flickr]

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    A Quaker who will play along with Arrested Development jokes. I’ll miss him.